Juvéderm Ultra XC and Juvéderm Volbella XC are the latest additions to the family of hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers that are FDA approved for adding volume to lips that are too thin and flat and diminishing deep vertical wrinkles around the lips, referred to as “smoker’s lines”. The XC means that the gel contains 0.3 percent lidocaine, a local anesthetic that makes the treatment more comfortable.
Before treatment, our clients have a consultation with Dr. Boggess to explain what type of results they’d like to achieve. Dr. Boggess will then evaluate the client to make sure that they’re a good candidate for the fillers and discuss the amount needed for the desired goals.
During the treatment, Dr. Boggess uses syringes filled with Juvéderm Ultra XC and/or Juvéderm Volbella XC and injects the gel into the patient’s lips with fine needles. The lidocaine helps keep discomfort to a minimum. The entire treatment shouldn’t take more than a half an hour. Since there’s no recovery time, the patient may leave the office soon after the treatment is over and resume normal activities.
Results of the lip filler treatment will be seen right away, though there may be some bruising on the lips that may last for a few days. Most people only need one treatment, and improvements can last for as long as a year. Clients who have a touch-up treatment after a year find that they don’t need as much Juvéderm filler as they did initially.
You may also be interested in learning more about the Youthful Reflections Peri-oral procedure. In this treatment, Dr. Boggess uses a combination of dermal filler, Botox and PRP, or platelet rich plasma, to reduce the look of the tiny lines around the patient’s lips that come from sun damage or smoking. The Botox paralyzes the muscles beneath the wrinkles and softens them, while the PRP and dermal filler add volume. We have found that this treatment makes lip filler last between three and six months longer than it usually would.
If you’re interested in adding volume to your lips and diminishing the annoying lines around them, call Dr. Boggess at Youthful Reflections today for a consultation.